Richmond Fellow Alumni

From 2007-2016, the Center awarded Julius B. Richmond Fellowships to 38 doctoral students in support of their science, education, and policy research and scholarly development. Starting with the 2017-18 school year, the new Djokovic Science and Innovation Fellowship program will expand and build on that 10-year legacy by integrating a new emphasis on innovation and application of research. Richmond Fellows will become a part of a larger network of the alumni of both fellowships, and Dr. Richmond will continue to be honored at the Center through an annual “Julius B. Richmond Emerging Leaders Profile.” More details coming soon!

Learn more about the research interests of the past Julius B. Richmond Fellows below.


2016–2017 Fellows

The following four students were recipients of Richmond Fellowships for the 2016–17 academic year:

FongKelley Fong is a doctoral student in sociology and social policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Fong’s research examines patterns of distrust and disconnection among low-income parents, asking how and why parents disengage from services and systems aimed at supporting their children’s health, well-being, and development. Her research will broaden understanding about parents’ ideas about the child welfare system and their interactions with health and social service providers to provide insight into how to reform systems to reach children more effectively. Fong holds a B.A. in American studies and history from Stanford University, and expects to receive an A.M. in sociology from Harvard University in 2016, while simultaneously pursuing her Ph.D. Her mentor will be Devah Pager, Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Kennedy School of Government. Pager is the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, as well as the Director of the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy at the Kennedy School.

Mackall-160Abena Subira Mackall is a doctoral student in the Culture, Communities and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Mackall’s research is broadly focused on the intersection of education systems and juvenile and criminal justice systems. Her dissertation will explore the lived experience of juvenile probation, and how adjudicated youth sentenced to probation interpret and understand this experience within the social context of their daily lives and development. Her research will offer new insights into fostering supportive familial and peer relationships, promoting positive school experiences, and preventing future incarceration and court sanctions for at-risk youth. Mackall holds an A.B. in politics, with a certificate in African American studies from Princeton University, a master’s in childhood special education: learning disabilities from Hunter College in New York, a master’s in science in race, ethnicity, and post-colonial studies from the London School of Economics, as well as a master’s in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her mentor will be Natasha Kumar Warikoo, Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Qureshi-160Farah Qureshi is a doctoral student in the social and behavioral sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research investigates the early life origins of cardiometabolic disease, focusing specifically on psychosocial pathways by which social adversity gets under the skin. Her research will contribute to a growing body of work exploring the interplay between social environments, children’s emotional functioning, and cardiometabolic risk, and the ways in which positive assets may buffer children against poor health over the life course. Farah holds a B.A. in writing from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s of health science in child health and development from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her mentor will be Center-affiliated faculty member Laura Kubzansky, Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Lynneth SolisS. Lynneth Solis is a doctoral student in the Human Development and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Her research explores the influence of sociocultural context and the nature of play interactions on young children’s learning and development in formal and informal settings. (Read an HGSE article about Lynneth’s work: “The Diversity of Play”) Her research seeks to improve understanding of how children develop by examining play as a phenomenon ripe with potential to foster positive relationships and stimulate early childhood experiences in diverse settings, and to enrich national and international conversations about early childhood research, practice, and policy. Currently, she studies the play experiences of indigenous children in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia. Solis has a B.A. in psychology and a M.A.T. in curriculum and instruction from La Sierra University, and a master’s in the Mind, Brain, and Education program from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her mentor will be Center-affiliated faculty member Meredith Rowe, Associate Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Photos of Kelley Fong and Abena Subira Mackal by Sally Pfitzer; photo of Farah Qureshi by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; photo of S. Lynneth Solis by Anna Duong Van Ornam


2015–2016 Fellows

The following four students were recipients of Richmond Fellowships for the 2015–16 academic year:

K-AndrewsKathryn G. Andrews is a doctoral student in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Andrews’s research examines how individual, family, and environmental factors impact the risk of adverse birth outcomes, such as low birth weight. She holds a B.A. in English, modified with Public Health Studies from Dartmouth College, and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her mentor will be Center-affiliated faculty member Günther Fink, associate professor of international health economics in the Department of Global Health and Economics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

A-BerensAnne E. Berens is a medical student at Harvard Medical School. Berens is interested in developing and implementing tailored assessment tools to measure childhood adversity in low-income countries. She received a B.A. in Human Biology with a Global Health concentration from Stanford University, an M.S. in Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and an M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health from University College London. Her mentor will be Center-affiliated faculty member Charles A. Nelson III, the Richard David Scott Chair in Pediatric Developmental Medicine Research at Boston Children’s Hospital, professor of pediatrics and neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, and professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Donaldson-GramlingMaleka Donaldson Gramling is a doctoral student in the Human Development and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Donaldson Gramling’s research focuses on how teachers and students respond to student mistakes made during classroom learning. Her work will build on insights from neuroscience and psychology to illuminate the nuanced social workings of young children’s educational environments. She holds an A.B. in Biology from Harvard College and Ed.M. degrees in Human Development and Psychology and Learning and Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her mentor will be Tina A. Grotzer, associate professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Donaldson Gramling’s research is featured in this news article from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

J-SchleiderJessica Schleider is a doctoral student in Clinical Science in the Department of Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She is interested in identifying, improving, and disseminating treatments for anxiety and depression in youth. Her research will test whether a single-session intervention teaching incremental theories of personality can strengthen recovery from social stress and prevent the development of internalizing problems in early adolescents. Schleider holds a B.A. in Psychology from Swarthmore College and an A.M. in Psychology from Harvard University. Her mentor will be Center-affiliated faculty member John R. Weisz, professor of psychology in the Department of Psychology of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

2014–2015 Fellows

The following five students were recipients of Richmond Fellowships for the 2014–15 academic year:

Busso-croppedDaniel Busso was awarded a Richmond Fellowship as a doctoral student in the Human Development and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Busso’s research explores how childhood adversity disrupts cognitive, emotional, and neurobiological development, increasing the risk for mental disorders in later life.

Feller-cropAvi Feller was awarded a Richmond Fellowship as a doctoral student studying statistics in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Feller’s research focuses on the intersection of statistics and public policy, especially on methods for answering policy-relevant questions when an ideal randomized evaluation is not available.

Gomez-cropCelia J. Gomez was awarded a Richmond Fellowship as a doctoral student in the Human Development and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Gomez’s project explores how changes in maternal education are related to early childhood development. She is particularly interested in studying how interventions and public policy can support and empower children and families from low-income, minority, and under-served populations.

Truesdale-cropBeth Truesdale was awarded a Richmond fellowship as a doctoral student in sociology in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a doctoral fellow in inequality and social policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her research examines the relationship between science and child and family policy in the United States and Great Britain. She is interested in analyzing system characteristics and processes that create “sweet spots” where evidence matters to policy.

Ye-cropZhanlei Ye received a Richmond Fellowship as a doctoral student in the Program in Neuroscience, Division of Medical Sciences, in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Her research explores the cellular mechanisms by which early life experiences shape the neuronal circuits in the mouse prefrontal cortex that control higher-order functions, such as social and cognitive behaviors.

2013-2014 Fellows

The following four students were recipients of Richmond Fellowships for the 2013-2014 academic year:

Oh-cropSoojin Oh received a Richmond Fellowship as a doctoral candidate in the Human Development and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research explores how social, cultural, and organizational contexts influence early language development among children of low-income families. She hopes to inform policy that addresses social disparities and inequalities of educational opportunity for society’s most vulnerable children.

Sanchez-cropAlonso Sánchez received a Richmond Fellowship as a doctoral student in the Quantitative Policy Analysis in Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Sánchez’s research focuses on low-income mothers who receive nutritional and health support during their child’s prenatal period and first year of life from a Mexican anti-poverty program called Oportunidades. His research analyzes whether this intervention has long-term effects on the child’s education and cognitive achievement.

Sosnaud-cropBenjamin Sosnaud was awarded the Richmond Fellowship as a doctoral candidate studying sociology in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. His research explores the association between maternal socioeconomic position and education and infant mortality in the United States. By highlighting policies with the potential to either widen or narrow disparities in infant mortality risk, he hopes to draw attention to the broader consequences of policy decisions and inform future policy debates.

Winning-cropAshley Winning was awarded the Richmond Fellowship as a doctoral student in social and behavioral sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research assesses whether early psychological distress in children influences risk for heart and metabolic problems in adulthood, even when psychological distress is no longer an issue in adulthood.

2012-2013 Richmond Fellows

During the 2012-2013 academic year, the Center funded the research of three Harvard students:

Adukia-cropAnjali Adukia was awarded the Richmond Fellowship as a sixth-year doctoral student studying the economics of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Quantitative Policy Analysis in Education program. Her primary interests concern improving access to education in developing countries, particularly at the intersection of education and health.

Deblois-cropMadeleine deBlois was awarded the Richmond Fellowship as a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Madeleine is interested in the diverse and interactive ways that communities, neighborhoods, families, schools, and out-of-school-time programs contribute to child well-being. Her doctoral research examines children’s self-regulation from a social-epidemiological perspective.

Houston-cropClaire Houston was awarded the Richmond Fellowship as a third-year doctoral student (S.J.D. candidate) at Harvard Law School. Her research focuses on feminist legal reform projects in the area of family law. She is especially interested in the impact such projects have on children’s interests.

2011-2012 Richmond Fellows

During the 2011-2012 academic year, the Center funded the research of three Harvard students:

Grindal-cropTodd Grindal was awarded the Richmond Fellowship as a 5th year doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he studies the impact of public policies on young children and children with disabilities. His dissertation research is focused on the unionization of home child care providers and its impact on early education policy and practice.

Read Todd’s article, Unequal access: Hidden barriers to achieving both quality and profit in early care and education, recently published in American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Access the full article on AEI’s Web site

Lincoln-cropSarah Hope Lincoln was awarded the Richmond Fellowship as a 4th year clinical psychology doctoral student in the Department of Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  Her research is focused on elucidating the neural mechanisms underlying social cognitive deficits that may relate to impairment in social functioning in children, adolescents, and young adults at risk for schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

Andrew Thorne-Lyman_18Andrew Thorne-Lyman was awarded the Richmond Fellowship as a 4th year doctoral student in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His doctoral research explores the effects of vitamin D and calcium on maternal and child health outcomes, including preterm delivery, preeclampsia, and infant growth and mortality in Tanzania and Denmark.

Read Andrew’s article, Improving Child Survival Through Vitamin A Supplementation, recently published in the British Medical Journal.

2010-2011 Richmond Fellows

Dunn-cropErin C. Dunn was awarded the Richmond Fellowship as a fifth-year doctoral student in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research is focused on identifying risk and protective factors linked to the onset of mental health problems in children and adolescents.

Read a HSPH news feature about Erin’s work

Marietta-cropSky Marietta was awarded the Richmond Fellowship as an advanced doctoral student in Human Development and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During her fellowship year, she conducted a mixed-methods study that compares children in rural Appalachia with economically matched peers in New England.

Ranson-cropMatthew Ranson was awarded the Richmond Fellowship as a fifth-year doctoral student in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is interested in a range of issues related to environmental and behavioral economics, particularly non-market valuation and risk assessment. During his fellowship year, his work examined the effects of prenatal pollution exposure on children’s cognitive ability.

2009-2010 Richmond Fellows

In the 2009-10 year, the Center saw a three-fold increase in applications, including the first submissions from students at the Graduate School of Design and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Barata-cropM. Clara Barata was awarded the Richmond Fellowship as a fifth-year doctoral student in Human Development and Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research is on the impact of early childhood education on development, particularly in the domain of executive function. Her work involves serving on the evaluation team of an integrated health and education preschool intervention program in Chile.

Duncan-cropDustin Duncan was awarded the Richmond Fellowship as a third-year doctoral student at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health. Duncan’s dissertation research seeks to advance scientific knowledge on neighborhood environmental determinants of obesity risk among children and adolescents.

Salhi-cropCarmel Salhi was awarded the Richmond Fellowship as a fourth-year doctoral student in Global Health and Population at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Salhi’s general research area of interest is in understanding the role of displacement on the mental health of children and youth using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods.

Selk-cropSabrina Selk was awarded the Richmond Fellowship as a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Society, Human Development and Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research as a Richmond Fellow will focus on exploring the association between childhood abuse and adverse adulthood reproductive outcomes.

Shei-cropAmie Shei was awarded the Richmond Fellowship a fourth-year doctoral student in the Health Policy program at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  Her research examines the health impacts of Brazil’s Bolsa Família program, a program aimed at reducing poverty, encouraging healthy child development, and building human capital.

2008-09 Richmond Fellows

David Deming was awarded the Richmond Fellowship as a fourth-year doctoral student in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. His research used the trajectory of student achievement over the life cycle to test hypotheses about the role of current knowledge in generating future achievement.

Deborah Stone
was awarded the Richmond Fellowship as a fifth-year doctoral student in the department of Society, Human Development and Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Stone’s general research area of interest was on understanding the role of child maltreatment on life course health/mental health trajectories.

Malavika Subramanyam was awarded the Richmond Fellowship as a sixth-year doctoral student in the Department of Society, Human Development and Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Subramanyam majored in Social Epidemiology and conducted research on the influence of socioeconomic context in multiple domains and levels on the nutritional status of children under the age of five in India.

Adrienne Tierney
was awarded the Richmond Fellowship as a fourth-year doctoral student in the Human Development and Education program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She conducted independent research on the neurocognitive development of children with autism as well as on developing sensitive neural assays that aid in early identification of autism in infants at risk for the disorder.

2007-08 Richmond Fellows

Allison Appleton was awarded the Richmond Fellowship as a third-year student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the Department of Sociology, Human Development and Health. The Richmond Fellowship supported Appleton’s independent research on how early childhood social and emotional factors may influence later adult health.

Daniel Berry
was awarded the Richmond Fellowship as a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Human Development and Psychology at the Graduate School of Education. Berry’s independent research used molecular genetics to assess gene-environment processes in children’s social and cognitive school-readiness.

Ivelina Borisova was awarded the Richmond Fellowship in the fourth year of her doctoral study at the Graduate School of Education in the department of Human Development and Psychology. The Richmond Fellowship funded her in-depth quantitative analyses of potential modifiable protective processes in the psycho-social adjustment of former child soldiers in Sierra Leone.

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